While the Isles have been up and down this season, one thing they have been doing consistently is converting on power play opportunities. They are ranked fifth in the NHL with a team PP percentage of 23.08. Power play goals by Matt Moulson and Matt Martin in the second period were No. 20 and 21 for the team this year, which is good for a tie for third in the league with the Canadiens, who also got to 21 Tuesday night.
After spending last season in the basement, Montreal has had a complete turnaround this season and had not lost in regulation since a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9. The team was on an 11-game points streak before that came to an end on Long Island.
The Islanders have struggled at home this season with just four wins in 13 games, though they are currently on a two-game home win streak and will look for a third Thursday night against the crosstown rival New York Rangers.
One of the youngest teams in the league got a big boost from veteran Radek Martinek, who scored the game-winning goal in just his third game with the team this season. The 36-year old defenseman had just been activated off injured reserve on Feb. 24 and has only seen time in two games this year.
If the Islanders can continue to convert with the advantage as they have all year, they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season. They can take a huge step towards that goal on Thursday night with a win over the Rangers, who currently sit at No. 8 in the Eastern Conference with 24 points.